Following the widely-discussed ‘tiger on road’ incident, Qatar’s Ministry of Incident tweeted today morning that it has identified the owner of the animal.
MoI further added that the tiger was handed over to the competent authorities and further legal proceedings have been initiated.
Authorities at Interior Ministry identified owner of the tiger found loose on Doha Motorway yesterday. #MoI_Qatar
— Ministry of Interior (@MOI_QatarEn) March 9, 2016
Dubai or Doha?
Meanwhile, the footage of the tiger cub wandering through traffic on a Qatar’s February 22 street was widely circulated and reported by international media including BBC and The Guardian.
Interestingly few media outlets, such as India Today, wrongly reported that the incident took place in Dubai.
— India Today (@IndiaToday) March 8, 2016
Here is what India Today (wrongly) reported : “Pet tiger escaped from the cage and was found wandering on the highway amidst cars in Dubai, earlier today. the video was recorded and tweeted by an engineer who works for Gulf TV news. Dubai is known for its citizens having fetish of keeping exotic animals as pets.”
What really happened
Photographs and videos posted on social media showed the confused animal apparently trying to get off the road after falling out the back of a lorry.
Another video showed the tiger being brought under control by a man in thobe (local dress).
Reports also suggest that four men were spotted bundling it back into the lorry.